The large and wide ranging wholesale sector seeks constant efficiency improvement in order to compete with rival merchants and high volume retailers. The need to operate efficiently and minimise cost are key to survival in a low margin, commoditised marketplace where availability, price and service are the key drivers.
WMS systems for this sector must offer the stability to cope with volatile conditions like fluctuating throughput and storage needs caused by industry dynamics. Seasonality, long lead times for outsourced manufactured goods and speculative buying patterns place a strain on administration systems and physical resources. These and other factors require advanced integration to merchandising systems and extensive warehouse controls over batch and product availability